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If you an art lover looking to make plans this weekend look no further.

Art New York and CONTEXT New York, presented by Art Miami, the leading U.S. based producer of international contemporary and modern art fairs, is hosting part of New York Art Week wat Pier 94. The fairs will run through to Sunday, May 7th and present important works of art from the 20th and 21st centuries from 120 international galleries, representing more than 1,200 artists from 50 countries. VIP Card holders are being offered private complimentary transportation to the fair.

The show is wonderful, well-thought out and plenty to see in all mediums.

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Jason Newsted of Metallica’s Rawk series – Presented by Gary Lichtenstein Editions

“May has become the most important time in New York for the art market, attracting international collectors, curators and museum professionals, all looking to acquire the most important and freshest works the market has to offer,” said Nick Korniloff, Executive Vice President of Art Miami. “Art New York and CONTEXT New York continue to grow in quality and presence, and Pier 94 has quickly become the most important and proven venue for the exhibition and acquisition of the arts in New York. The fairs’ goal is to continue to compliment auctions, FRIEZE and others, by offering the most discerning, culturally savvy audience of collectors an alternative world class fair to enhance their existing collection, or provide a new collector the opportunity to develop a collection with confidence in the most accessible manner.”

Art New York and CONTEXT New York boast a selection of the most significant galleries that have exhibited at Art Miami, Art Basel, Design Miami, The Armory Show, Masterpiece, Expo Chicago and Art Dealers Association of America’s The Art Show, among many others. Art New York Fair Director Katelijne De Backer has handpicked a roster of galleries that will display the finest blue chip modern and contemporary works.

 

Jon Bon Jovi Stopped in to Art New York to support the Perry J. Cohen foundation exhibit featuring Bob Gruen’s picture of him in Moscow – picture with Pamela Cohen and wife Dorothea

Notable exhibitions include:

  • London’s ARCHEUS / POST-MODERN will present David Hockney’s Sunflower, a unique hand-colored pressed paper pulp on yellow TGL handmade paper (1978) and De Wain Valentine’s Circle, a cast and polished green polyester resin (1970). Other artists highlighted will include Keith Haring, Pablo Picasso and Jean-Michel Basquiat.

 

  • Casterline|Goodman Gallery, based in Aspen, will showcase Yayoi Kusama’s Infinity Nets I. N. PQR (2007), which previously sold for nearly half a million dollars. The gallery will also present Ed Ruscha’s City (2008).

 

  • New York’s David Benrimon Fine Art will exhibit Andy Warhol’s screenprint Mickey Mouse (1981) and Franḉois-Xavier Lalanne’s famous bronze and epoxy stone sheep sculptures Brebis, Belier and Agneau from the Nouveaux Mouton series (1996-2010).

 

  • Munich’s Galerie Renate Bender will present pieces by Helmut Dirnaichner, Jus Juchtmans, Matt McClune, Lars Strandh and Ludwig Wilding. Wilding describes his works as “irritating art;” an investigation of the limits of visual perception and questioning the perceptual habits of the viewer and the interaction between the eye and the brain.

 

  • iPreciation of Singapore will offer a group exhibition featuring the work of Tang Da Wu, including Dragon , a charcoal pastel and ink on paper (2010), and Oh Chai Hoo’s Listening 听音, an ink on rice paper work (2016). Tang is the founder of The Artists Village, a contemporary art group in Singapore committed to fostering and advancing an increased consciousness of the importance of the arts and their contribution to Singapore society.

 

  • Jerome Zodo Gallery in London will highlight works from renowned artists, including Damien Hirst, Christo, Umberto Mariani and Agostino Bonalumi.

 

  • Priveekollektie Contemporary Art | Design in Heusden aan de Maas will present Peter Macapia’s Stain 1, a stainless-steel work from the series Stain (2015), and Dominic Harris’ Snow White, an LED piece from the series Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (2015). Harris utilizes technology to create a surreal and whimsical take on reality.

 

  • London’s Sims Reed Gallery will exhibit Andy Warhol’s screenprint Green Pea from his celebrated Campbell’s Soup I series (1968), David Hockney’s lithograph Potted Daffodils (1980) and Roy Lichtenstein’s screenprint Titled (1996).

 

  • New York-based Vallarino Fine Art will showcase an array of Post-War American abstract expressionist works, including Frederick Hammersley’s Right Slide, oil on canvas (1964), and Leon Berkowitz’s Cathedral #5, oil on canvas (1966).

 

  • Waterhouse & Dodd, based in New York, will exhibit Frank Stella’s K.17 (lattice variation), a stainless steel and spray-painted Alumide sculpture (2008), Alexander Calder’s Variegated Loops, a gouache and ink on paper (1968), Sam Francis’ Red Yellow and Blue, an oil on paper (1963) and Willem de Kooning’s Untitled, an oil on New York Times newsprint (1975).

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Celebrating its second edition, CONTEXT New York, led by Fair Director Julian Navarro, focuses on the development and reinforcement of emerging and mid-career artists. Significant exhibitions include:

 

  • New York’s 532 Gallery Thomas Jaeckel will show artist José Angel Vincench, whose conceptual art is guided by issues within Cuban social life, and Danny Rolph’s latest work New York, an acrylic and mixed media on Triplewall (2017).

 

  • Accola Griefen Gallery, based in New York, will spotlight important American and Native American female artists, including Gina Adams, Judy Pfaff, Nancy Cohen and Marie Watt. The gallery will exhibit some of Watt’s larger works that were produced in “sewing circles,” including Foundation, made with reclaimed wool blankets, embroidery floss, thread, cedar twine and cast-bronze Kalipuya fishing weight (2014).

 

  • Denver’s Black Book Gallery will present David Walker’s Work in Progress and Ravi Zupa’s What Do We Do With Opposable Thumbs? (Tiger) from the Opposable Thumbs series. Zupa is self-taught and strongly believes that books are the best way to experience art, having spent decades studying art from cultures and movements that span history. Other artists on display will include Swoon and the celebrated street artist Shepard Fairey.

 

  • Corey Helford Gallery, located in Los Angeles, will make its CONTEXT New York debut this year. Known for showing international artists who are primarily focused on today’s pop culture, the gallery will offer Nicole Gordon’s Boy With Hot Air Balloon, oil on canvas, Ian Francis’ Red Figures and Chris Anthony’s Belinda Is Calm, a pigment print.

 

  • Gallery Henoch, from New York, will exhibit Eric Zener’s HATCH, oil on canvas (2017), John Evans’ Visitation, oil on canvas, and Alexandra Pacula’s Urban Mesmerism, oil on canvas (2017).

 

  • Portmarnock’s Gibbons & Nicholas will spotlight visual artist Peter Burns and a selection of his works, including Cold Mountain, Forest of Blood and Waiting, all oil on canvas (2016).

 

  • JOERG HEITSCH GALLERY, based in Munich, will present the NEW MASTERS exhibition, featuring emerging and cutting-edge artists, who will offer artworks in dialogue with the old and modern masters. Albert Paley’s Envious Composuresculpture, which was shown on Park Avenue (2013), will be front and center at CONTEXT. The metallic bronze painted steel piece weighs 6,345 pounds and stands at 18 feet and three inches. Other artists showcased will include Angela Glajcar, Victor Vasarely and Craig Alan, whose work mirrors that of Rembrandt’s.

 

  • Santander’s JUAN SILIÓ GALLERY will exhibit Rafa Macarrón’s La Plataforma, mixed media on aluminum (2017), and Chema Cobo’s About Nothing, an oil on canvas (2017). Macarrón, who is considered one of the up-and-coming artists in Spain, creates dream-like scenarios and a world of uncommon characters that, despite their drama and deformity, bear tenderness and kindness.

 

  • Lucía Mendoza from Madrid will showcase Salustiano García’s Esta ecuación hace un ruido parecido al de la lluvia Nº 1, an oil and color pencil on canvas (2011), and Cristina Gamón’s Territorios II, mixed media on plexiglass and board (2016).

 

  • Richard Koh Fine Art, based in Kuala Lumpur, will exhibit a selection of patterned drafted weaving structures from Anne Samat’s Huntsman Series. In addition, the gallery will display new works from artists Hasanul Isyraf Idris and Yeoh Choo Kuan.

 

This year, ART New York & CONTEXT New York will feature a selection of special projects, events and talks:

 

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  • Artist Mabel Poblet, who will represent Cuba at the Venice Biennale, will be spotlighted in the VIP Lounge, offered by CYNTHIA-REEVES, which is based in Walpole. Her work will be suspended from above with elements of mirrors and photographs, allowing guests to walk through it. Poblet is one of the most sought-after young artists to rise from the contemporary Cuban art scene, and is best known for her luminous, unclothed self-portraits.

 

  • New York Academy of Art will present Inside/Out, an exhibition featuring paintings, drawings and sculptures that depict interiors and exteriors by the Academy’s alumni.

 

  • Artist Jason Myers will exhibit The 99% United We Stand, an installation of 99 intimately scaled portraits portraying the faceless, nameless members of the 99%, presented by Long-Sharp Gallery, which is based in Indianapolis. A portion of sales will be donated to Direct Relief.

 

  • Amarist Studio, based in Barcelona, will present Welcome, an installation that shines light on the current refugee crisis. The exhibition will display hundreds of fragments of the original razor wire, plated in 24K gold and packaged in plastic cases as supermarket produce. All proceeds will be donated to USA for UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency.

 

  • Gary Lichtenstein Editions will showcase works by famed photographer Bob Gruen, and, for the first time, rock and roll icon Jason Newsted of Metallica, in the combined exhibition ROCKERS RAWK. Half of all sales from both artists will be donated to the Perry J. Cohen Foundation.

 

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  • Visual artist and Professor of Art at Baruch College Terry Berkowitz will present Untitled/ Water Glass, an exhibition that asks the rhetorical question, “Do you see your glass as half full or half empty?” gauging not only if a person has an optimistic or pessimistic interpretation of reality, but also of their worldview.

 

  • Richard Garet will showcase Open, a work that explores the suggestive and poetic notion of crossing over through an opening into the unknown. Garet is recognized for interweaving moving images, sound, expanded photography and multimedia performance.

 

  • Artist and Director of Adult and Academic Programs at MoMA Pablo Helguera will display All Proceeds, a series of conceptual, socially engaged works. All proceeds will be donated to a variety of organizations that support social issue causes.

 

  • Artist and Musician Ted Riederer will present Tone Pictures: Our Year of Dissent, featuring photo emulsion prints made with records of field recordings inspired by moments in Riederer’s history, including his most recent entitled The Protests on April 15th, 2017, which was recorded during the Tax March.

 

At Art New York, the 1AN Symposium will bring together leading advisors, dealers, curators, critics and artists to speak on a range of topics to help you buy, maintain, protect and sell works of art. The programs will start at 2:00 PM daily in the Café area, with highlights including:

Here are some great highlights to check out:

 

Saturday, May 6

 

2:00 – 2:45pm

Women in the Arts

This panel, featuring prominent women in the arts, will uncover the ground-breaking ways in which women are disrupting and innovating culture.

 

3:00 – 3:45pm

New York: When Creativity Ruled the Streets

New York’s artists have made a giant impact on the art world with the rise of art-as-popular-culture. This panel will discuss the city’s electrifying cultural scene and the artists that have left their mark.

 

4:00 – 5:15pm

Rockers RAWK: When Art Meets Rock n Roll

Famed photographer Bob Gruen and rock and roll icon, Jason Newsted of Metallica, will talk about their combined exhibition ROCKERS RAWK. The artists will be on-hand for a Q&A session after the discussion.

 

Sunday, May 7

 

2:00 – 2:45pm
Art and Activism

Can political art change the world? History and current examples show that it can. This panel will discuss how art touches people at deeper emotional levels, conveying what cannot be said with simple facts.

 

3:00 – 3:45pm

How to Approach Selling Your Collection

Are you looking to sell artwork that no longer fits your aesthetic? Or perhaps you are downsizing and need to let go of certain pieces? Our experts explain your options.

 

4:00 – 4:45pm

Real Fake: The Rise and Fall of Art Scammers

Forgery is not a new problem, but the art world continues to be rocked by forgery scandals. Hear from our experts as they tell stories of fraud in the art world.

 

HOURS AND LOCATION

Fair Hours:

Opening VIP Preview: Wednesday, May 3, 2:00PM – 5:00PM

Fair: Wednesday, May 3, 5:00PM – 8:00PM; Thursday – Saturday, May 4 – 6, 12:00PM – 8:00PM; Sunday, May 7, 12:00PM –­ 6:00PM.

Location:

Pier 94 (711 12th Avenue, New York, NY 10019)

55th Street at West Side Highway

 

TICKET INFORMATION

Tickets: $40 one-day pass; $75 multi-day pass; $25 students and seniors 62+; $25 Groups of 10 or more. Children under 12: Free. All tickets are valid for admission to Art New York and CONTEXT New York.

The generous 2017 cultural sponsors and partners for Art New York and CONTEXT New York include Conrad New York, Carey International, Resorts World Bimini, The Wall Street Journal, NYCxDesign, One Art Nation, Venü, Children’s Museum of the Arts, Blouin Artinfo, Art in America, Artillery, Manhattan, The Art Newspaper, Art & Antiques, ARTnews, Whitewall, artnet, Fine Art Connoisseur, Observer, ArtPulse, Cooper Hewitt, No Longer Empty, International Center of Photography, Americas Society, El Museo del Barrio, Turon Travel, Bourlet ArtLogistics, Butterfield Market, VOSS Water, Aesthetica, Bronx Museum, SculptureCenter, Norwood and Bric.

 

 

ElizaBeth Taylor is a journalist for Times Square Chronicles and is a frequent guest at film, fashion and art events throughout New York City and Los Angeles due to her stature as The Sensible Socialite.Passionate about people ElizaBeth spent many years working as a travel reporter and television producer after graduating with high honors from University of Southern California. The work has afforded her the opportunity to explore Europe, Russia, South America, Asia, Australia and the Middle East. It has greatly influenced the way in which ElizaBeth sees a story and has created a heightened awareness for the way people around the world live today.

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Ultimate Power Lunch – UN Women For Peace Association Hosts Star-Studded Celebration

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This was not another ladies who lunch moment in the Big Apple. This was the best power lunch this season and it was all for a phenomenal cause.

On May 3, hundreds of attendees gathered inside the grand of hall of Casa Cipriani for the UN Women For Peace Association Annual Awards Luncheon. The afternoon was graced with an uplifting and harmonious affair that was one for the history books. In this moment in history the gratitude and love that filled the room was deeply appreciated and revered.  Ambassador Rosemary DiCarlo, Christian Elliott, The Honorable Joanne King Herring, Vicki Hollub, and Kevin Hyland OBE were all respectfully honored by  UNWFPA for achievements that have been the touchstone of change in modern times.

NEW YORK, NY – MAY 3: AnnaLynne McCord and Rosanna Scotto attend UNWFPA 2022 Awards Luncheon at Casa Cipriani on May 3, 2022 in New York. (Photo by Michael Ostuni/PMC/PMC)

Rosanna Scotto of FOX 5’s, Good Day New York emceed the delightful day that showcased the incredible strength of the women who were celebrated. Sitting over lunch, the crowd took in moving performances in between speeches that brought forth an equal amount of tears, laughter and inspiration. Wendy Moten sang Somewhere Over The Rainbow and country star Drew Baldridge sang his original song She’s Somebody’s Daughter.

As each award was presented the crowd was uplifted to their feet and applauded. It was a fitting tone for the harmonious event that made each guest realize the truly powerful mission statement of the organization.

Moments like when actress and SAG-AFTRA President, Fran Drescher, made the keynote address made the men and women in the room listen with awe. Sharing her personal story of rape survival, she brought to attention the much needed work that continues to be needed around the world.

The advocate stated with direct determination about her work with the group along with SAG-AFTRA, “We support the UN Trust Fund to end violence against women and girls as well as our own initiatives to impact national necessary changes in this area. We are committed to the prevention of violence against women and girls in the provision of services to those affected by violence. Just read from the implementation of laws and policies against violence, and to the empowerment of women and girls and societies where they’re under advantaged. This year we are launching an aggressive generational campaign called counting on men as we believe, without addressing men and boys, we will continue to fail to make progress on the issues related to violence against women and girls.”

NEW YORK, NY – MAY 3: Rebecca Damon, Fran Drescher and Ezra Night attend UNWFPA 2022 Awards Luncheon at Casa Cipriani on May 3, 2022 in New York. (Photo by Michael Ostuni/PMC/PMC)

A key highlight of the lunch was when UNWFPA President Rema DuPont presented a posthumous Legacy Award to UNWFPA Founder, Dame Muna Rihani Al-Nasser. Her husband H.E. Mr. Nassir Abdulaziz Al- Nasser, with their son, Aziz Al-Nasser in the audience, accepted the award in her honor.

“UN Women for Peace Association will continue to support women and girls with our new Muna Rihani Al-Nasser Scholarship Fund for educating at-risk and underprivileged girls,” stated Rema.

Luncheon Co-Chairs were H.E. Sheikha Paula al Sabah, H.R.H. Princess Camilla of Bourbon of Two Siciles, Duchess of Castro, Susan Gutfreund, Leila Heller, Francine LeFrak, Pat Kerr Tigrett, and Regional Chairs include Countess Bérengère de Pontac, Genesis Jones, Annie Joubran, Youngsong Martin, Melissa Metz, Suzan Lee Park, Dr. Christina Rahm-Thomas, and Clayton Thomas. Guests included Reagan and Doug Bauer, Rita Cosby, Amanda Diaz, Kat Graham (award presenter), AnnaLynne McCord with Benjamin W. Decker, Denise Schwartz and Marc Rosen, Barbara Tober, as well as UNWFPA Board of Directors Michal Grayevsky (Treasurer), Valbona Neritani, and Anne Marie Dougherty.

MAY 4: Joanne King Herring and Vicky Hollub attend 2022/05/unwfpa-2022-awards-luncheon/2RDWtfrmZM on May 4, 2022. (Photo by Michael Ostuni/PMC/PMC)

Other notable honorees included Ambassador Rosemary A. DiCarlo received the Leadership Award for her decades of work as a peacekeeper and an advocate for women’s rights. In 2018 DiCarlo became the first woman to assume the position of Under-Secretary-General for Political and Peacebuilding Affairs at the United Nations. DiCarlo has served at the United States Department of State as Deputy Permanent Representative to the United Nations with the rank and status of Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary, and represented the United States at the Security Council, General Assembly and other United Nations bodies. Past recipients of this award include First Lady of Panama, Lorena Castillo Garcia de Varela, Deborra-Lee Furness, Secretary-General H.E. Mr. Ban Ki-moon.

NEW YORK, NY – MAY 3: Kat Graham and Claire Angelle attend UNWFPA 2022 Awards Luncheon at Casa Cipriani on May 3, 2022 in New York. (Photo by Michael Ostuni/PMC/PMC)

The Honorable Joanne King Herring received the Lifetime Achievement Award for her outstanding achievements and years of work to end human trafficking and for helping survivors, which are disproportionately women and children. Herring is a political activist, philanthropist, diplomat, and former television talk show host. While she was born in a world where women had limited choices, she rose to form the most significant alliance that brought an end to the Soviet invasion in Afghanistan and saved America from an economic catastrophe. Long known within the corridors of power in both Afghanistan and Pakistan, Herring’s freedom fighting role in southwest Asia was brought to a wider American audience when the true-life 1980s story of Charlie Wilson’s War was retold in 2007, with Oscar winning actress Julia Roberts playing the remarkable Herring. Past recipients of this award include Eve Branson, Loreen Arbus, and Francine LeFrak.

NEW YORK, NY – MAY 3: Rosanna Scotto attends UNWFPA 2022 Awards Luncheon at Casa Cipriani on May 3, 2022 in New York. (Photo by Michael Ostuni/PMC/PMC)

Kevin Hyland OBE received the Advocacy Award for his remarkable contributions to ending violence against women and girls everywhere. Hyland dedicated over 30 years to public service, including leading London’s Human Trafficking Unit. Hyland was appointed as the UK’s first Independent Anti-Slavery Commissioner and was elected as Ireland’s representative to the Council of Europe Independent Group of Experts for Trafficking. He was instrumental in the establishment and remains chief advisor to the Santa Marta Group, a high-level partnership between law enforcement agencies, faith groups and civil society launched by Pope Francis at the Vatican. He leads several international anti trafficking projects chairing the Responsible Recruitment Group of the Institute of Human Rights and Business and the Island of Ireland Human Trafficking Project and provides strategic leadership to the OSCE in producing global victim support guidance.

Vicki Hollub received the Humanitarian Award for her outstanding achievements in rescuing over 500 girls, and their families, by bringing them safely from Afghanistan to Portugal. Hollub was the first woman to head a major American oil company as President and CEO of Occidental Petroleum. She also serves on the boards of Lockheed Martin and the American Petroleum Institute, and is a stewardship board member for the World Economic Forum’s Platform for Shaping the Future of Energy and Material, and a member of the Oil and Gas Climate Initiative. Past recipients of this award include Leyla Ilham Aliyeva, Dayle Haddon, HRH Princess Camilla of Bourbon Two Sicilies, and Paul Bettany.

Christian Elliott received the Media Award for his heroic efforts to end modern-day slavery. Elliot created the global campaign to combat human trafficking, entitled Can you see me?. The campaign reached millions of people, equipping the general public to recognize indicators of human trafficking, and report suspected scenarios. Elliot is Global Development Officer of A21, a nonprofit organization works to end in human trafficking, with offices in 14 countries worldwide.

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‘The Hollywood Reporter’ Hosts ‘Raising Our Voices: Setting Hollywood’s Inclusion Agenda’

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The Hollywood Reporter hosted the inaugural “Raising Our Voices: Setting Hollywood’s Inclusion Agenda” luncheon, presented by Walmart at the Maybourne Beverly Hills on Wednesday, April 20th.

“Raising Our Voices” brings together the industry’s most influential and inspiring executives, storytellers and thought-leaders for a groundbreaking series of discussions on the state and future of Hollywood’s diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) movement.

BEVERLY HILLS, CALIFORNIA – APRIL 20: (L-R) Troy Kotsur and Geena Davis attend The Hollywood Reporter’s Raising Our Voices, presented by Walmart, at The Maybourne Beverly Hills on April 20, 2022 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Michael Kovac/Getty Images for The Hollywood Reporter )

During the program, keynote speaker Marlee Matlin (Academy Award-winning actor, star of Apple Studios’ 2022 “Best Picture” Oscar-winner CODA and disability advocate) was introduced by Troy Kotsur (2022 “Best Supporting Actor” Oscar-winner, CODA). During the speech, Matlin discussed the lack of representation of the deaf and disabled community within the entertainment industry and the importance of working together to help amplify these authentic and diverse voices.

Additional key moments from the program included:

  • Bird Runningwater (producer and global Indigenous activist) and Crystal Echo Hawk (President and CEO at IllumiNative) opened the program and discussed the importance of inclusion.
  • Nekesa Mumbi Moody (Editorial Director of The Hollywood Reporter) introduced Geena Davis (Oscar-winning actor, Founder/Chair, The Geena Davis Institute on Gender in Media, The Bentonville Film Festival) who recognized the need for more female inclusion within children and family media and made it her career goal to bring about more diversity and inclusion in front of and behind the camera.
  • Geena Davis introduced Jean Batthany (Walmart Chief Creative Officer) who discussed Walmart’s commitment to driving greater equity and the power of Hollywood to inspire systemic change in society.
  • Rebecca Sun (The Hollywood Reporter’s Senior Editor, Diversity and Inclusion) introduced Dr. Yalda Uhls (UCLA assistant adjunct professor and Founder of the Center for Scholars and Storytellers) who shared details regarding data included in the first inclusion report in 2020 and how diversity affects Hollywood production.
  • Stacey Wilson Hunt (award-winning entertainment journalist) led the State of Inclusion in Hollywood panel, which included questions posed to Alex Schmider (Director of Transgender Representation, GLAAD), Dr. Sharoni Little (Head of Global Inclusion Strategy at CAA), Gloria Calderón Kellett (writer, producer, director and actor), Latasha Gillespie (Head of Global Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, Amazon Studios, Prime Video and IMDb), Samata Narra (Senior Vice-President, Equity + Inclusion, Content, Warner Bros. Discovery) and Wilmer Valderrama (actor and activist).
  • Julie Gehrki (Vice President of Philanthropy, Walmart) and Tony Waller (Vice President, Constituent Relations and Racial Equity, Walmart) discussed Walmart’s efforts to advance racial equity and announced a $1 million grant to the Ghetto Film School to create a storytelling training program for Black businesses in partnership with WOCStar Capital.
  • Colleen Bataille (Head of Marketing and Communications, WOCStar Capital) and Ghetto Film School student, Alyse Arteaga discussed how Walmart’s grant allows the organizations to help Black businesses market their companies and secure capital through storytelling, in turn helping to grow their businesses.
  • Carlos Lopez Estrada discussed the Ghetto Film School’s mission to teach its students how to use their voices to tell authentic, impactful stories and how the support from Walmart aligns with this mission.
  • Richie Siegel (Co-founder and President of Inevitable Foundation) and Nic Novicki (Founder and Director of the Easterseals Disability Film Challenge) discussed representation and accommodation for disabled individuals. Novicki also outlined the goals of the Easterseals Disability Film Challenge.
  • Heather Rossi (American Sign Language interpreter and chief ASL consultant on CODA), Jack Jason, Justin Maurer and Rorri Burton acted as interpreters during the program.

Additional notable talent in attendance included Amy Landecker, Daniel Durant and Natalie Morales.

 

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Broadcasting + Cable Hall of Fame Awards Honors Media Trailblazers

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It was a night that honored the best in media.

On Thursday, April 14, the Broadcasting + Cable Hall of Fame Awards took place. The 30th anniversary gala paid tribute to the pioneers, innovators and stars of broadcast, cable, and broadband television.

More than 800 decision makers in the broadcast, cable TV and other media industries gathered in the Ziegfeld Ballroom in New York City for the memorable evening.

Hannah Storm and Al Roker co-hosted the luxurious soiree that presented the first ever Iconic Network Award to ESPN.

Twelve of the industry’s most notable individuals were inducted into the 2022 Broadcasting + Cable Hall of Fame during the 30th Anniversary Gala including: Savannah Guthrie – Co-Anchor of TODAY and NBC News Chief Legal Correspondent; Hoda Kotb – Co-Anchor of NBC News’ TODAY and Co-Host of TODAY with Hoda & Jenna; Emily Barr – President & CEO, Graham Media Group; Nomi Bergman – President, Advance/Newhouse Investment Partnership; Brandon Burgess – Former Chairman/CEO ION Media Networks; Susanne Daniels – Media Consultant & Lecturer – Former Global Head of YouTube Originals; Pearlena Igbokwe, Chairman, Universal Studio Group; Leo MacCourtney – President, Katz Television Group; Dan Mason – Past President and CEO, CBS Radio;  Steve Miron – Chief Executive Officer, Advance/Newhouse Partnership; Steven R. Swartz – President & CEO, Hearst; and Curtis Symonds – President, HBCU GO TV/Allen Media Group.

During an emotionally empowering speech, Kotb brought the audience to near tears as she spoke about her incredible and inspirational journey to the top of the industry.

“I am grateful to be inducted into the Broadcasting + Cable Hall of Fame,” she proudly told the audience.  “This award is to all the women who felt not worthy. You are worth it.”

The entire gala carried the same tone of beautiful and hopeful remarks that gloriously brought dignity to each one of the recipients. A coveted Hall of Fame honor is more than the acknowledgement of a successful career – it’s entry into an exclusive community of honorees that have truly changed the paradigm of the industry.

Previous honorees have included greats like Oprah Winfrey, Dr. Phil McGraw, Michael Powell, the cast of The View, Robert A. Iger, Dr. John Malone and more.

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Katharine McPhee Foster Honors World Mental Health Day with Zumba Fun

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Dance it out.

This week the the talented Katharine McPhee Foster helped bring mental health awareness to center stage.

The super star and Zumba Instructor Jeimy Bueno gathered in Manhattan to lead a thrilling Zumba session that helped kick off a moment of bliss and happiness after nearly two years of struggle due to the pandemic.

The dazzling class was jam-packed with colorful joy that showcased a surprise performance by Broadway Actresses Phoebe Koyabe and Gabrielle Carrubba in honor of World Mental Health Day coming up on Sunday. The day was also special as Zumba made a donation to the World Federation For Mental Health.

– New York, NY – 10/07/2021 – Zumba hosts #StepIntoHappy event with actress Katharine McPhee Foster in celebration of World Health-PHOTO by: Michael Simon/startraksphoto.com

Zumba is taking World Mental Health Day a step further this month to raise awareness around the importance and recognition of mental health, and mental health related illness and issues.

Over the past 10 years, Zumba Love, the organization’s philanthropic platform, has been dedicated to raising funds that have garnished $7.5M to date, Through dance, fitness, friendship and love, Zumba has created a platform to champion support and education around mental health this month and into the future.

In addition to this session, Zumba has partnered with Therapist and New York Times bestselling Author Nedra Tawwab who will be releasing weekly mental health tips every Tuesday on the Zumba IG channel addressing Mental Fitness, Social Anxiety, Body Positivity/ Body Neutrality and Postpartum Depression.

The social series “In and Out” also has launched. The fitness industry has been focused on the physical before-and-after of working out, showing images of bodies only and making it solely weight-driven. At Zumba, they like to flip-the-script and focus on the emotional transformation that leads to sweat and smiles.

Offering a full schedule of mental health focused activities on Instagram on World Mental Health Day on October 10, Zumba has a schedule of activities, which will go live on Saturday, October 9th on @zumba

Photo Credit: Michael Simon/Startraksphoto

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A Dazzling Night – Global Citizen Live

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Global Citizen Live captivated the world last night. Around the planet the voices were heard as they sang and spoke about some of the most important topics of modern times.

NEW YORK, NEW YORK – SEPTEMBER 25: Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex speak onstage during Global Citizen Live, New York on September 25, 2021 in New York City. (Photo by Kevin Mazur/Getty Images for Global Citizen )

The 24-hour, worldwide broadcast event was part of a campaign to defend the planet and defeat poverty by petitioning world leaders, philanthropists, and the private sector to prioritize new commitments towards climate change and famine. Artists, luminaries, and dignitaries took the stage around the world, Global Citizen announced 157 million trees, and US$1.1 billion committed to climate, famine, and COVID-19 response efforts.

NEW YORK, NEW YORK – SEPTEMBER 25: Chris Martin and Billie Eilish perform onstage during Global Citizen Live, New York on September 25, 2021 in New York City. (Photo by Theo Wargo/Getty Images for Global Citizen)

Central Park hosted part of the worldwide event and the showcase of incredible talent was breathtaking. Captivating performances by the likes of Coldplay, Billie Eilish, Camila Cabello, Jennifer Lopez, Lizzo, Meek Mill, Shawn Mendes, Alessia Cara, Burna Boy, Cyndi Lauper, Jon Batiste, and Lang Lang touched the hearts of over 60,000 fans gathered on The Great Lawn.

“This is my first time back on the stage in two and half years. This is magical… sing along for the rest of the show if you can,” said Mendes told the crowd during an electrifying performance that included songs “Summer of Love” and “Wonder.”

NEW YORK, NEW YORK – SEPTEMBER 25: Camila Cabello and Shawn Mendes perform onstage during Global Citizen Live, New York on September 25, 2021 in New York City. (Photo by Kevin Mazur/Getty Images for Global Citizen )

Other highlights included Lizzo juicing the audience up with “Good as Hell” and telling the lawn to chant back with her, “We are the generation to make a change! We are a generation to save our planet!”

NEW YORK, NEW YORK – SEPTEMBER 25: Lizzo performs onstage during Global Citizen Live, New York on September 25, 2021 in New York City. (Photo by Kevin Mazur/Getty Images for Global Citizen )

When the queen of the Bronx, J.Lo took the stage with “Pa Ti” the concert turned the cool breezes of the night into a steamy dance floor. More grand moments were displayed as Billie Eilish electrified the event followed by a truly dazzling show by Cold Play. The audience was bright with hope and bliss as they jumped up and down wearing synchronized lit up bracelets that sparkled to the tunes of “Yellow” and “Higher Power.”

The night took a surprise turn when legendary singer Paul Simon took the stage. With a beautiful and heartfelt solo performance of “The Sound of Silence” it brought together the impact that Global Citizen Live has on the world.

This was more than a concert. This was a way for the world to heal.

For more information about Global Citizen Live, visit www.globalcitizen.org, and follow @glblctzn on Instagram, Tik Tok, Twitter, and YouTube.

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